The Defence Headquarters Spokesman says the Armed Forces of Nigeria troops have continued to conduct intensive clearance operations to identify bandits enclaves in the North East with attendant successes.
Stating that the success of the operation was due to the recently launched Operation Accord which is aimed at reinvigorated and aggressive kinetic operations to decisively curtail the activities of armed bandits in the North-West region.
This was said by the Defence Spokesman, Major General John Enenche in a statement made available to TotalPolitics on Monday
He said on July 2020, troops of Operation Hadarin Daji stormed a bandits’ camp at Sanu village in Zurmi LGA of Zamfara State sequel to actionable Human and technical intelligence on the heavy bandits’ presence in the vicinity.
The statement reads “Adopting aggressive tactical maneuvers, troops stormed the hideout and engaged the cowardly bandits who fled in disarray, scores with gunshot wounds. Troops pursued the bandits and made further contact with them, overwhelming them with heavy volume of fire.
“Exploitation of the general area led to the recovery of one AK47 rifle and one SMG rifle. It was also revealed that several bandits suffered heavy injuries and most likely died, as evident in the vast pools of blood along their withdrawal route.”
Enenche further said, in a related development, troops made contact with bandits at Bawan Daji village and neutralised one bandit while many others were fatally wounded.
He added that troops further raided bandits’ enclave at Gidan Zamfarawa about 10km from Mashanyin Zaki. The bandits fled on sighting troops from afar but were pursued by the determined troops who engaged them with aggressive firing, saying, troops exploited the general area and destroyed 7 major bandit camps while one AK47 rifle, and 2 Motorcycles, amongst others were equally recovered.
Enenche also said that on 5 July 2020, troops stormed an identified bandits camp at Salihawa village in Batsari LGA of Katsina State following credible intelligence on their activities in the village.
“Troops overwhelmed the bandits with superior firepower and neutralized one of the criminals while several others escaped with fatal gunshot wounds.
The Defence Spokesman said troops also apprehended a suspected bandits’ logistics supplier, Mohammed Illela at Illela village on 4 July 2020 following a tip-off. The suspect was arrested while attempting to convey 13 jerrycans and 30 litres of Premium Motor Spirit concealed in an ash-coloured Volkswagen wagon car, to suspected bandits.
“Still on 5 July 2020, troops conducted a Cordon and Search operation within Bawar-Daji village. During the operation, troops neutralized one bandit and recovered one AK 47 rifle, 5 rounds of 7.62 mm special ammunition and one magazine, amongst others.
“Furthermore, owing to intensified operations, projected by aggressive presence and posture of troops in the theatre, 3 notable bandits have surrendered to troops along with their weapons. The repentant bandits submitted one Light Machine Gun and 2 X AK 47 rifles”, it reads.